NAIROBI, Kenya May 26 – Several police officers were on Monday night killed in an ambush by Al Shabaab militants in Garissa County, days after more security forces were deployed there to restore peace.
Reports from Garissa say the officers were attacked at Yumbis region as they rescued their colleagues who had been attacked by an explosive device thought to be a landmine.
The exact number of those killed remains unclear, but officials on the ground say they could be well over ten, with four vehicles burnt.
“The area is on the remote side of Garissa not far from the border that is why we are having a problem getting information instantly,” a senior police officer based at the county headquarters said, “What we however, know is that several officers have been killed.”
Police Spokesman George Kinoti said they were still consolidating information from the region before issuing a comprehensive statement.
“We will give you all the information you need once we get everything,” he said, pleading for patience.
Garissa County has remained volatile with numerous attacks since April 2 when the Al Qaeda-linked militants stormed Garissa University College, killing 142 students and 6 security forces during a day-long siege.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed a major offensive on the militants whose command in Somalia insist on having Kenya withdraw their troops from their soil.